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Wooden Shjips
"Back to Land

Hailing from San Francisco, psychedelic group Wooden Shjips, has just released their newest album Back to Land. The album brings together a sound crafted from inspirations that range from psychedelic music to classic rock.

The album is an entire trip in itself.  One can hear hints of 80s music, classic rock, and modern garage rock styles in the record, but they always resolve back to their classic psychedelic sound. With tracks like “In The Roses,” which brings a very spacey, low volume vocals, and a lo-fi sound that is not too cheesy or under produced. to “Ghouls,” which is a much faster, much more psychedelic rock sounding song that takes influences from classic rock guitar chords, while still utilizing classic psychedelic synthesizers.

Most songs on the album carry a jam-band sound, without becoming too abstract or getting too carried away. And in some cases, the music is so vast in genre diversity, one is surprised at the resulting sound, such as in the track, “These Shadows”, which starts off with an extremely catchy intro guitar riff and carries a vague David Bowie meets Velvet Underground sound.

“Back to Land” is a great piece of work that utilizes the potential of each member of Wooden Shjips effectively and thoroughly.

Most importantly, “Back to Land” is an experimentation of how far the psychedelic genre can stretch while still successfully staying true to its roots.

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January 13, 2015

San Francisco based experimental pop band Talk of Shamans will be playing an East Bay show tomorrow night at The Night Light. Oakland based experimental garage band, Repeater Pan will be headlining the evening while Zip Zilch Nada will start the night off with their debut live performance.

The Night Light hosts some of the best up and coming East Bay bands and Bay Area line ups. This show is a great example of a coherent, genre-centric line up that will flow super well. Be sure to head out to the show tomorrow night!

January 31, 2015

Deli Readers,

The Deli SF Bay Area's Best of 2014 Readers and Fans' Poll for local emerging artists is over! Thanks to all those who cast their vote in support of the emerging local bands and artists in our list of nominees.

Here are the top ten bands and streaming tracks of the top three bands - which we congratulate! Take a listen to David Brookings, Meet Me In Orbit and The Classical!

1. David Brookings & the Average Lookings


2. Meet Me In Orbit


3. The Classical


Here's the poll's top 10 chart, full results can be found here.

 David Brookings & the Average Lookings
 Meet Me in Orbit  
 The Classical  
 Unconditional Arms  
 Luke Sweeney  
 Friends Without Benefits
 Miss March  
 Before the Brave
 Breakdown Valentine


Stay tuned for the composite chart, with will be released soon. The chart will include details about the point nominees accumulated from the jurors and Deli writers' votes, and will crown The Deli's Best Emerging SF Bay Area Artist of 2014.

The Deli's Staff

January 30, 2015

The Bay Area based music collective, Seaweed Sway will be putting on their first event of the year at Amnesia Music Hall in the Mission District in San Francisco. This event will be a benefit show for sound engineer and avid music community supporter, Kyle Lesley who was recently diagnosed with stage four metastatic melanoma.

Lesley is known for his volunteer work for causes like Occupy Wall Street SF and the Clarion Alley Mural Project. He inspires everyone who comes into contact with him to connect with and support the local music and arts community.

Mariee Sioux, Future Twin, T.V. Mike and the Scarecrowes and Michael Musika will perform at the benefit show on January 30th. It's great to see bands come together to help their friend while he suffers through a difficult time. Give back to Kyle Lesley because he is a person who has given so much to others. 

To contribute to the fundraiser for his treatment, click here.

January 28, 2015

The San Francisco based avant-noise post punk band, Buzzmutt has released a new music video for their single, Stumble Forward. The song is a track off their entrancing 2014 release, Strange Planes of Surveillance.

The Stumble Forward music video is a crisp pastiche of images starring an oddly charming robot. The video looks great and shares a number of clips from Buzzmutt's local live performances. Watch the video and see if you can make out where the band is playing. If you go to enough shows, you can recognize any stage! We like robots, dioramas, cardboard cities and rock and roll! Stumble Forward has it all!

January 27, 2015

Oakland based indie-folk artist, Empty Moon recorded a live Daytrotter session featuring a number of songs from his album, The Shark. You can check out the live session here. If you're looking for some Empty Moon sounds to envelop your ear drums a bit closer to home and far away from the internet, you can attend their upcoming show at Hotel Utah Saloon in San Francisco on January 29th!

January 26, 2015


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